Who Am I? Poets Answer

Is there a question more perplexing than "who am I"? I am as close to myself as anyone could ever hope to get. The most intimate relationship, perfect unity and identity is "I". I am I. I = I. And yet, who is that "I" on either side of the equation? Who is behind the …

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Spreading the Word: Lecture on Gadamer and Hermeneutics

In today's post, I would like to share with you another fascinating lecture by Dr. Michael Sugrue - Gadamer: Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences. Philosophical hermeneutics is a branch of philosophy interested in human understanding, interpretation, and meaning creation. Hans-Georg Gadamer was a 20th-century German philosopher, a leading thinker whose major work "Truth and Method" (1960) …

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What is More Real – Experience or Measurement?

What's the temperature outside right now? How would you check it - look out the window, perhaps open it to get a feel, or look into your prefered weather app? I'm from a generation that still remembers life without mobile phones and the internet, but that got quickly used to all the comforts these technologies …

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Spreading the Word: 5 Misunderstood Philosophy Quotes

Who doesn't like those small, catchy nuggets of wisdom captured in quotes from different thinkers of human history? Admittedly, they are not quite as popular as cat videos, but they are a worthy equivalent in the world of wisdom literature. For example, I am sure many have heard Nietzsche's bold statement, "God is dead". But …

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Are Stand-Up Comedians Street Philosophers?

This question came up in one podcast where a couple of stand-up comedians join forces with a philosopher to discuss various topics. The idea was to determine whether a comic can be considered a philosopher who draws public attention to seemingly obvious everyday experiences (hence, the street epithet) and challenges our common assumptions in an easy-to-understand sort …

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Spreading the Word: Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl

The 20th-century German mathematician-turned-philosopher Edmund Husserl was the principal founder of the philosophical school and method of Phenomenology. His works are still actively studied today and he is considered one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. One way of approaching the vast phenomenon that is phenomenology (pun intended), is to explore the …

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Meaning of Our Life-Meaning Questions

What do we mean when we ask "what's the meaning of life" and "what's the purpose of life"? The way we pose these life-meaning questions indicates a silent assumption - that there is an inherent meaning and purpose to life as such. That these are hidden features of life itself waiting to be discovered by …

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Spreading the Word: New Magazine of Philosophy

A new magazine of philosophy revives an old tradition of philosophising. The creators of The Raven "aim to reawaken the substance of old school philosophy, simultaneously flinging its doors open to a wider audience. Instead of inviting philosophers into the public fray, they are inviting the public to engage with the wilds of philosophy, but …

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Experiencing The Writer’s Block

What to write when you have no ideas? Or when you have so many that none comes to a halt for long enough so you can focus? I don't know. But I have committed to developing a daily writing habit—500 (or so) words per day. So I write this today to honour my own commitment. …

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Spreading the Word: The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword

Have you ever wondered who first said 'the pen is mightier than the sword'? While the idea behind the words is age-old, the phrasing first appeared in the historical play Cardinal Richelieu by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Read more in this short BBC News article. Enjoy! Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Keeping up the …

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